Councillors at Cilybebyll Community Council were informed at a recent meeting that their application for a £50,000 grant from WREN to assist with the redevelopment of a playground at Lon Tanyrallt Alltwen in the Swansea Valley had been successful. The Council has recently taken responsibility for the rundown facility from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, and has drawn up proposals with Wicksteed Leisure to improve the facilities. It is likely that work will start in June. Local residents have been calling for improvements for some time and the Council is pleased that it has been able to respond, and create a playground in Lon Tanyrallt that will be more attractive to local children.
The money awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund will be used to provide new play equipment and safety surfacing, whilst other funding will be used to improve drainage and access. The funding bid and proposals were compiled by the Community Council following consultation with local residents facilitated by officers at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The Community Council will manage the project and is itself contributing £16,500 with a further £13,000 sourced from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and the Welsh Government. A number of local organisations supported the funding bids that were submitted by the Community Council.
The improved playground will form part of a wider portfolio of recreational sites that the Council provides in Alltwen and Rhos, serving the communities of Cilybebyll and beyond, and all of which are improved in a rolling programme of work sponsored by the Council. This new investment is long overdue as the site is in need of an upgrade, and the ability of the Community Council to take control of the site, identify partners and funding was a key factor in moving forward.
Chairperson of Cilybebyll Community Council, Councillor Yvonne James said: “The Council recognised that it needed to take responsibility for this site if improvements to the playground were to take place, and appreciates the support and assistance of WREN, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Welsh Government. The new playground will be more appealing and challenging for children, and will allow local people to spend some leisure time, once again, at this facility.”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Richard Smith, WREN’s Grant Manager for Wales says: ‘We’re delighted to be supporting the Lon Tanyrallt Alltwen play area and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across Cilybebyll. I’m looking forward to seeing this project take shape soon.”